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Country Strong Reviews

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Cath Clarke
Time Out
March 23, 2011
Paltrow gives it her best but is so conspicuously doing country. We're meant to believe she has spent half her life staring into a vodka bottle, but she glows like she's just stepped out of a yoga retreat.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
January 14, 2011
Shana Feste's screenplay seldom rises above the level of daytime TV; the only actor who triumphs over her trite dialogue is Tim McGraw in a nonsinging role as Paltrow's husband and manager.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
January 14, 2011
If Feste actually believes that this show is country nirvana, she has no business making a country movie.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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David Fear
Time Out
January 12, 2011
The movie isn't worth the scuffed cowgirl boots it's scooting around in.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
January 11, 2011
Unfortunately weak.
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
January 8, 2011
Catchy tunes, robust performances--but you can see every backstage-melodrama-cliche coming two scenes away.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
January 7, 2011
If the point of Country Strong was to prove that Gwyneth Paltrow can sing, then mission accomplished. You don't need to sit through this two-hour melodrama to confirm that.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Adam Graham
Detroit News
January 7, 2011
[A] mixed bag of a country music comeback fable.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Kate Taylor
Globe and Mail
January 7, 2011
Feste struggles mightily to instill meaning and grandeur in Country Strong, but her initial efforts to sidestep cliché often result in confusion before she simply gives up and opts for melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
January 7, 2011
Country Strong has a bit more to recommend it -- the music most of all -- but it's still a tough slog through emotional swamplands.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
January 7, 2011
Country Strong is dead on arrival.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Jen Chaney
Washington Post
January 7, 2011
[A] disjointed drama filled with one-dimensional characters and melodrama so Lifetime movie-esque that it careens into unintentional comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
January 7, 2011
Patsy Cline. Loretta Lynn. Gwyneth Paltrow.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
January 7, 2011
Gwyneth Paltrow is a beautiful, gifted actress with a lovely singing voice, but she's never been more miscast than she is in Country Strong.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 7, 2011
While the melodrama is ladled on fast and thick at times, it is performed with sufficient conviction that we are drawn in rather than left on the outside laughing at it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
January 7, 2011
The many tunes in Country Strong are of such astounding banality, it's as if they were written by caged chimps as they were driven through Nashville on the way to a medical research lab.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
January 7, 2011
You watch "Country Strong" wishing you were watching "Crazy Heart," and wondering whether Gwyneth Paltrow read the script all the way through, and wishing Bridges would turn up to show the folks how it's done.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
January 7, 2011
A movie that isn't smart enough to realize how stupid it really is.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Kevin C. Johnson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
January 7, 2011
Doesn't come close to matching any of the legion of films set in the country music world, from "Coal Miner's Daughter" to "Walk the Line" to "Crazy Heart."
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
January 6, 2011
If you like a spectacle, whoo boy, you have found your perfect match.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
January 6, 2011
It's too bad that Ms. Feste didn't ditch the female victim bit and make a movie about a survivor.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
January 6, 2011
"Country Strong" comes to spontaneous life from time to time, despite maudlin devices and manipulative set pieces.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
January 6, 2011
What saves "Country Strong" from drowning in its own tears are the leads, all four of whom imbue Feste's unabashedly clichéd script with some genuine humanity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
January 6, 2011
If you're going to make a bad film, at least make it short.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
January 6, 2011
"Country Strong" is a title that calls to mind a pickup truck. Only in a work of science-fiction would it suffice as a description of Gwyneth Paltrow.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
January 6, 2011
Feste captures the heightened reality of performing before a massive crowd, when audience expectations and JumboTron screens can blow delicate emotions up to monstrous proportions. The problem is everything else.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 6, 2011
While Paltrow belts out the title anthem with conviction, it is the younger performers who sing more intimate, and moving, numbers that advance the story rather than merely stating it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
January 6, 2011
The movie's well-acted. Almost everything else about "Country Strong" is weak.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 6, 2011
"Country Strong" is one of the best movies of 1957, and I mean that sincerely as a compliment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
January 5, 2011
Ultimately it's too meandering and uneven to ever truly tug at your heart.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
January 5, 2011
It shows that Gwyneth knows the spangly high-powered joys of country music. Too bad that in Country Strong, she's too busy acting out the hysterical and mostly nonsensical sorrows.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Amy Nicholson
Boxoffice Magazine
January 5, 2011
Both sincere and cynical in its view of country stardom, it makes you forgive all of its false notes simply because the talent plays them with conviction.
| Original Score: B-
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
January 5, 2011
Several good performances are left adrift, as the characters roam from scene to scene, singing (quite well) as they go. Even as a sort of long-form music video, it's disjointed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Karina Longworth
L.A. Weekly
December 30, 2010
A rare specimen in our postironic age: legitimately unintentional camp.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
December 22, 2010
Themes and cliches plucked from countless country lyrics fuel a thoroughly unconvincing show business story about a larger-than-life, crash-and-burn star and her unruly entourage of self-serving personalities.
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
December 22, 2010
When the starting point is a world in which even the toughest guys wear their hearts on their sleeves, the trick for filmmakers is how to walk the line without getting stuck in the muck, and that is a problem the filmmaker hasn't yet figured out.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Justin Chang
Variety
December 22, 2010
That rare ensemble piece in which all four principals are not only compellingly drawn but handled with an astute sense of dramatic balance.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
December 21, 2010
Most of the effort seems to have gone into the original music, which is pleasant but not memorable, and too little on creating believable, multidimensional characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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James Rocchi
MSN Movies
December 21, 2010
Country Strong stumbles, and has some slack in its silences, but it takes its world, characters and songcraft seriously...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5